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News Update 20 August 2010

The South African Class 40 "Phesheya"South African Class 40 Phesheya-Racing hoping for a record

Having recently completed the two-handed Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race in the South African Racing Team's Class 40 Phesheya-Racing, Nick Leggatt has signed up as a last minute entry to the RORC's fully crewed, non-stop Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race starting on Monday 23rd. Nick also holds the Round Britain and Ireland race record on Playstation with Steve Fossett and will be attempting to break the world record for 40 footers set in 2004 by Michel Kleinjans on Roaring Forty of 11 days 12hrs 26mins and 48 seconds.

In June Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire took 11 days and 3 hours to complete the course, but did not qualify as a record as the race included four compulsory stops. This South African entry now brings the number of countries represented in the race to ten!

Around Again...

Two boats in the 30-strong fleet will be racing round Britain and Ireland for a second time having also taken part in the Shetland RBIR in June. They include the new Class 40 entry, Phesheya-Racing as well as Keith Gibb's C & C 115, Change of Course.

Two crew members racing in the fleet have also already completed a similar course in the last two months: Meteorologist and round the world veteran, Chris Tibbs will be on board John Shepherd's Ker 46 Fair Do's VII, having also completed a successful Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race in Taika his J105. Chris was also navigator/weather router on Playstation's outright speed record completing the route in 4 days 16 hours and until recently he also held the monohull record aboard the French yacht Solune so he's used to these record-breaking challenges and tough courses. Stephen Linicker, crewing on John B, Charles Ivill's Gran Soleil 43 also competed in the race in June.

Stats & Facts: RORC Race Record:

Artemis Ocean Racing, IMOCA 60 in the 2006 race
(7 days 4 hrs, 29mins, 40 secs) – fully crewed

Course Record:

Dee Caffari and Sam Davies on Aviva in 2009
(6 days 11 hrs 30mins 53secs) – Sam will race with the crew on ICAP Leopard this time round

Outright Record:

Steve Fossett, Playstation – October 2002
(4 days, 16hrs, 9min, 36 sec)

Under 40 ft:

Michel Kleinjans, June 2004, Roaring Forty
(7 days, 4hrs, 29mins, 40 secs)

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